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Our shop on Lower Main Street
Noro's Shiraito, Great Adirondack Yarns' Bloomin' Colors, and Ellyn Cooper's Swiss Lace are some of the yarns that will be deeply discounted this month.
Indoor Yard Sale this Saturday!
When will it be Spring? For many of us Spring cannot come soon enough THIS year. So we are going to try and help here at the shop. What is an annual rite of Spring? A yard sale!
And so we are having an "indoor yard sale," beginning on Saturday, March 1 and lasting until the items are sold. We will have tables of yarns (and a few other items) at 40% off or more. We will likely be adding more to the tables as we stock the new yarns. There are too many yarns to list here, but they range from lace yarn to super bulky by familiar yarn companies: Berroco, Classic Elite, Debbie Bliss, Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets and Filatura DiCrosa, to name a few.
We often think that it would be great if we had a larger shop. However, the benefit of a small shop to you is that if we bring in new yarn, something has to go, and often it is sold at 40% or more off the suggested retail price. Needless to say, new spring yarns have arrived and we are beginning to display them. We will be featuring them in next month's newsletter. We are feverishly knitting away so we will have some samples to share with you.
The unique halo of the possum fiber allows you to knit this dk-weight yarn at a larger gauge.
New "Exotic Fiber" Yarns
We have many new yarns which have arrived and we are waiting on a few.
We will be featuring many of the new yarns in the next newsletter, but we will take the opportunity to mention some of the new exotic/luxury yarns that arrived this month.
Jade Sapphire's 100 Mongolian Cashmere
Cashmere is in a class all by itself so we don't need to say much more. We currently have six colorways in the dk-weight (200 yards), and one colorway in their 400-yard fingering weight: ivory. Each skein sells for $45.00.
Reywa's Fibers' Reywa
This fiber is a first for us -- 100% Tibetan Yak down. It feels like cashmere and can be found right next to the cashmere in our luxury-fiber cabinet by the counter. We stock five colorways, and each dk-weight skein (210 yards) sells for $39.50.
This brand new 100% mulberry silk is in a chainette-type construction, which means knitted garments hold their shape and drape gracefully. It is lightweight with a natural sheen that is found in silk. The 164-yard dk-weight ball sells for $18.95. We stock the pattern book for this yarn.
This dk-weight, machine-washable yarn is from New Zealand and made from 60% fine merino and 40% brushtail possum. The possum fibers lift and give it an interesting halo, and we have a scarf sample for you to see and feel! We are currently stocking six colorways. A 140-yard ball sells for $16.95.
Folio by Berroco is a luscious, superfine dk alpaca/rayon blend that feels as soft and luxurious as cashmere. This trans-seasonal yarn can be worked on a wide range of needle sizes and is a perfect choice for projects that flow, wrap and drape. A 219-yard ball retails for $7.50.
Liz knit this pattern from Berroco Booklet No. 344 (retails for $7.00). She reports that it's an easy stockinette pattern, and she had fun trying to decide what two colors to put together. This scarf used 2.5 skeins of the blue colorway and almost all of one skein of green.
Fuel Fund knitters needed! Grab your needles and come to a community knit-a-thon at St. Margaret's Church in Belfast. All knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists are invited to join the effort on March 15 from 8 am to 8 pm. All proceeds go to the Interfaith Fuel Fund. Stay for all, or part of the event, even knit from home. For a detailed sponsor sheet, click Knit-a-thon 2014. For more information, e-mail Jillian at email@example.com or phone Sarah at 978-325-0045.
A happy customer at Honey Bees
Catching Up with Two Recent Belfast Businesses
These downtown Belfast businesses opened last spring, but we had previous time/space constraints on our newsletter which prevented us from including them. We'd like to tell you about them now, if you haven't visited them already.
Honey Bees is a family-owned-and-operated children's apparel store located at 132 Church St., Belfast. They are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.
As a mother/daughter team, the owners' goal is to bring their customers quality clothing from newborn through size 12 that is colorful, fun, comfortable and age-appropriate. Not only have they hand-selected the sizes, styles and colors they carry, but they also vouch for the integrity of the companies who design and make their clothing. Their store features unique lines of clothing, many of which have been designed and produced in the USA.
Nautical Scribe Books
Nautical Scribe Books
Nautical Scribe Books, at 132 Church St. in Belfast, opened April 2013 and specializes in new, used and children's maritime-themed books. They also carry ship models, art of the sea and maritime furnishings. They are open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, weather permitting.
Co-owner Mary gives a bit of background: "Joe and I are both retired from the United States Navy, and as second careers we both worked in the maritime field at museums. Joe was at the Chrysler Museum of Art and I was at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. This is our third career. Books are in our blood. I have a master's in library science and Joe's mother owned a bookstore."
Radius show at Aarhus Gallery, 2013
Aarhus Gallery to Donate to Food Banks and Celebrate Art in the Community
Please join Aarhus Gallery for an opening reception on Friday March 7, 5-8 pm, for the kick-off of the sixth annual 44N 69W: Radius Belfast Show. An all-encompassing exhibition celebrating the local creative energies of Maine residents from children to centenarians, amateurs to bigwigs, living within a thirty-mile radius of Belfast. The show runs from March 6-30, and will be packed with work from potters, painters, welders, woodcarvers, mobile makers, sculptors and knitters. Artworks celebrating and illuminating this vast creative community will be on view and for sale with a charitable percentage of sales and entry fees going to food banks within a thirty-mile radius of Belfast. Last year a record three hundred pieces of art were exhibited floor to ceiling to the delight of hundreds of visitors, friends and loved ones, with consequent sales enabling donations to be made to some of the forty soup kitchens and food pantries within the thirty-mile radius of Belfast under the auspices of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., Belfast, operating under winter hours, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday, 11 am-5:30 pm, by chance or appointment. For more information phone 207-338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery, where a slide show of current works is available.
The Gawler Sisters
Gawler Sisters and Bennett Konesni in Concert at Aarhus Gallery
Aarhus Gallery is very excited to host a concert of the fun-loving, locally grown, folk-singing Gawler Sisters. It has been rescheduled due to a snow storm to Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 pm. They will be joined by singer-songwriter Bennett Konesni. Molly Gawler plays the fiddle and is a dancer who has toured internationally with Pilobolus Dance Theater as the lead in the production "Shadowland." Elsie Gawler incorporates the cello into folk music with a range of chops, backup rhythms and innovative chord structures. Edith Gawler fills out the Gawler ensemble with rich, low vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship on banjo and fiddle. She is also a farmer along with her husband Bennett. As a duo based in Belfast, she and Bennett teach worksong workshops that seek to put the "culture" back in agriculture.
The group's songbook is an extensive collection of traditional and original tunes in the Scots-Irish, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions. These folk-blues, gutsy worksongs, and amusing odes to everyday life are complemented by angelic three-part harmony, infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship.
Tickets at the door are sliding scale, $8.00-$16.00, and include light refreshments. CDs will be available for purchase.
Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., Belfast, operating under winter hours, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday, 11 am-5:30 pm, by chance or appointment. For more information phone 207-338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery.
Gawlers hanging off the barn
Gawler Family Dance Megaband at Belfast Flying Shoes
Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, March 7, for an evening of contra dancing at the American Legion Post #43 in Belfast, 143 Church St. Will Mentor will be calling dances, with music by The Gawler Family Dance Megaband and sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson.
The Gawler Family Dance Megaband is a fun-loving, foot-stomping, folk-singing, banjo-playing family of seven who come from the heart of Maine. John and Ellen Gawler and their daughters Molly, Edith and Elsie bring you an assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions. Joining the Family Dance Megaband is Edith's husband, Bennett Konesni, on guitar, and Elsie's partner, Tyler Yentes, on the fiddle.
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit and relaxed stage presence.
The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance led by Chrissy Fowler and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.
The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm. Admission for the community dance is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. For the contras, the price is $10.00 for adults over age 20, $7.00 for those aged 13-20 as well as adult All-Comers, and $4.00 for children. As always, $1.00 off admission for every box fan you bring for the windows. For more information, phone Chrissy at 207-338-0979 or visit Belfast Flying Shoes.
Chrissy Fowler's March Calling and Community Dance Schedule
Saturday, March 1
Belfast: Calling a family contra dance sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital, as part of Healthy Waldo Families, at the Belfast Dance Studio on High Street, 1-2 pm. For more information, phone Hester Kohl at 207-930-2514.
Bar Harbor: Calling contras in Gates Hall at College of the Atlantic with Big Moose, 7:30 pm.
Friday, March 7
Belfast: Calling the Belfast Flying Shoes Community Dance with the All-Comers Band, 6:30 pm. (Contras: Will Mentor with The Gawler Family Dance Megaband.) For more information, visit Belfast Flying Shoes.
Fri. March 8
Belfast: Attending a daytime Callers' Workshop led by Will Mentor, for callers at all experience levels, sponsored by DEFFA. For more information, phone 207-338-0979 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22
Topsham: Calling and dancing and socializing at the DownEast Country Dance Festival, at Mt. Ararat Middle School and Orion Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit DEFFA.
Sunday, March 23
Topsham: Dancing at the DECDF Survivors Dance at the Topsham Grange. For more information, visit DEFFA.
Friday, March 28
Whitefield: Calling contras at St. Denis Parish Hall with Rock the Boat, 8 pm. For more information, phone 207-549-3820.
Saturday, March 29
Rockport: Calling contras at Camden Hills Regional High School with the Henry Road Band, 7 pm. Students from any high school -- free admission! The public is also welcome, with donations appreciated.
Coyote -- America's Songdog
On Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm, the Belfast Garden Club and Belfast Free Library continue their free winter evening programs series, Wildlife Conservation in Maine, in Belfast Free Library's Abbott Room. The March 11 talk will be Coyote -- America's Songdog, presented by conservation biologist Geri Vistein.
Coyote has a long history on the North American continent: coyote's relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote's complex relationship with Maine's ecosystems; and coyote's relationship with us. Despite the fact that scientists have learned so much about carnivores and their immense value in the workings of the earth, human attitudes, behavior and laws in our society toward carnivores have not changed very much in the past five hundred years. This presentation will express Nature's design in the powerful relationship between the predator and their prey, and will explain why this relationship is vital to the health and diversity of our Maine landscape.
Geri Vistein is a conservation biologist whose work focuses on carnivores and our relationship with them. She has participated in many research projects in the West, including the Grizzly Bear DNA study in Glacier National Park. She works with land trusts and other research biologists, and has created the educational network Coyote Lives in Maine.
The talk is free and open to the public. The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High St. in Belfast. For more information, visit Belfast Garden Club, e-mail email@example.com or phone Corliss Davis at 207-930-3562.
THMS Garden Project, photo by Jon Thurston, shows THMS students working on their March art show for the Co-op.
March 2014 Belfast Co-op Events
March Featured Artists
Troy Howard Middle School (THMS) Ecology Academy students have created paintings of fruits and vegetables from three perspectives: top, bottom and sliced in half. On view in the Belfast Co-op Cafe for the month of March.
Round Up for Community Recipients
Senior Discount Day
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Member-Owner Super Sale Day
Saturday, March 1: Member-owners receive 10% off all purchases except beer, wine, tobacco and periodicals. Member-Owner Super Sale Days take place March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
Belfast CSA-CSF Fair
Sunday, March 2, 1-3 pm, Troy Howard Middle School (THMS), 173 Lincolnville Ave. (Rte. 52), Belfast: Annual Belfast Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Community Supported Fishery (CSF) Fair in celebration of local food; products for sale and sampling, live music, CSA share raffle. Free; all are welcome. For more information, click Village Soup article. Co-sponsors: MOFGA, THMS Garden Project, Belfast Transition, Belfast Co-op.
Weight Management from a Western and 5 Element Perspective
Thursday, March 6, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library: Free presentation by Dr. Michael Housman, who will discuss diet, metabolism and weight management from the perspectives of both Western physiology and 5 element acupuncture, which looks at how the seasons, constitution and organ relationships govern weight and health. Topics include sugar balance, aging and metabolism, physiology of fat storage, cardiac health and weight. Sponsored by the Belfast Co-op.
Guided Store Tour
Saturday, March 15, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St. Meet near the Co-op entrance for guided store tours (every third Saturday/month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping here. All are welcome!
Belfast Co-op Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 23, 1-6 pm, Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. (Rte. 3), Belfast: All are welcome at this year's community-owned Belfast Co-op's Annual Meeting. Keynote presentation by Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director, meet this year's Board candidates (nine candidates for five seats), local farmers and producers; local chefs will provide light fare, potluck desserts, raffle basket and more! For more information, find them on Facebook.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden Workshop
Tuesday, March 25, 6-8 pm, Belfast Free Library: Free workshop with C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, for anyone concerned about the rising cost of food, unsure what the term "certified organic" means and interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner. Sponsored by MOFGA, the Library and the Belfast Co-op.
Love LOCAL Day
Friday, March 28: Highlighted Maine producer providing free product samples; lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day.
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op Store.
Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man
Our Shipping Policy
Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.
At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.
By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)
Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.